Tito Ortiz plans to call it a career once and for all with one last grudge match.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion revealed yesterday (Monday, October 10, 2022) that his final mixed martial arts (MMA) fight will take place in February 2023. Under the Freedom Fight Night banner , Ortiz says he will face his last Bellator rival, Chael Sonnen.
“I will be competing in my last competition in early February, Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen #2 will be for Freedom Fight Night,” Ortiz said. The Adam Carolla Show. “I’m excited, I’m really excited. In MMA, not in boxing, at 205 [pounds].”
Ortiz vs. Sonnen 1 fell at Bellator 170 in January 2017. The fight was Sonnen’s debut in the promotion and, unfortunately for him, was his first loss, succumbing to a full-back choke submission in the first round. Despite the result and Sonnen’s retirement in 2019, the occasional chatter and banter has only continued since.
For “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Ortiz, 47, chained victory with two others in MMA, beating Chuck Liddell and Alberto Del Rio. He recently suffered a first-round knockout against Anderson Silva in a boxing match in September 2021 (see highlights).
Sonnen, 45, has remained in the world of combat sports with his YouTube channel and analyst roles, whether for the UFC or Bellator. Recently, “The American Gangster” even held a series of press conferences between the aforementioned Silva and his next boxing opponent, Jake Paul.
No signs of wanting to return to action were shown by Sonnen in post-fight life. However, if there is one fight he would surely come back for, it would be a redemption shot against Ortiz.
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